Category Archives: ESA

End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield…
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Schiaparelli after preparations for Mars landing !

ESA have uploaded special strings of commands to order its Mars lander, Schiaparelli space probe, to prepare for deploying Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module from Trace Gas Orbiter. EDM will land on Mars surface at 14:18 GMT on 19th October 2016 on Meridiani Planum in the middle of storm dust season. It is second…
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Schiaparelli after separation from TGO – ESA still without telemetry data

ExoMars mission, joint project of ESA and Roscosmos, has just entered into its most crucial phase - EDM lander was deployed and we are waiting for successful landing on Mars surface and final confirmation of EDM condition with telemetry data. After seven months since launching on atop of Proton-M from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14,…
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Mission accomplished – thank you Rosetta !

ESA finished its probably most ambitious mission focused on deep space exploration. Yesterday, after mild descent, Rosetta space probe touched the rocky surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Yesterday all employees at ESA’s control center in Darmstadt, Germany, had rather nervous day. Engineers and specialists from ESA were waiting to receive final confirmation of positive result of planned…
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Philae finally found by Rosetta !

It is unbelievable, that Philae lander, lost in the end of 2014, was finally found on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko just weeks before end of mission of its mother spacecraft, Rosetta. European Space Agency managed to find Philae lander before planned for 30th September controlled crash of Rosetta on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Images of 67P rocky…
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Sentinel-1A after collision with piece of the space debris

ESA reported about direct contact with space debris of their radar satellite operating under Copernicus program. Incident took place on August 23, 2016, at 17:07 GMT. Very small piece of space debris hit into solar panel of Sentinel-1A satellite remaining on around 693 km circular orbit with inclination at 98.18°. Effects of the direct hit were…
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Rosetta became a single…

Communication system on Rosetta was switched off today after 19 months since first in history soft landing on comet surface performed on 12 November 2014.  One of the most recognized mission by ESA in recent years is definitely coming to its end. After announcing by European Space Agency on June 30, 2016, about setting date…
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New way for European Space policy

European Commission published six page draft document with summary of European space policy and surprising recommendation for Copernicus imaging and remote sensing satellite system. This document is preceding official document covering description and evaluation of European space policy by Directorate-General of space programs (DG GROW), which will be announced on November 2016. Draft is dated for July 8 and should…
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